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Gifts to Teachers

It’s that time of year again: the time of year when parents/guardians have a million questions about gifts to teachers.

Please remember Newton’s policy about gifts to teachers. This policy was adopted by Newton School Committee and can be found at their website using this link: Gift Policy.

Please click here for a flyer that may be helpful: Gift Policy overview.

Make a Difference for Newton’s Students and Teachers: Give to Newton Schools Foundation

Thanks to the generous support of our community, last year Newton Schools Foundation, (NSF) provided $155,000 to support the 12,000+ students in the Newton Public Schools.

NSF advances excellence and equity in NPS by funding promising initiatives, professional
development, and programs that close gaps in achievement and opportunity, including:

  • The Calculus Project, a program aimed at closing the achievement gap by helping low-
    income students and students of color reach higher levels in math through tutoring,
    summer programs, and field trips.
  • Generation Citizen, a middle school civics education program to empower young
    people to become engaged and effective citizens.
  • Responsive Classroom, an elementary and middle school teacher-training program
    that emphasizes social, emotional, and academic growth in a strong and safe school
    community.
  • The DaVinci Program, a unique multi-disciplinary high school curriculum that examines life’s big questions through science, technology, engineering, arts and math.
  • Instrumental Music Enrichment Program, 5th grade students at several elementary
    schools that have a higher proportion of low-income students receive small-group music lessons from professional musicians during band/orchestra.
  • Race and Achievement Working Groups, an ongoing district initiative which includes
    teacher training, outreach to parents, and student learning.

As we enter the holiday season, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to NSF. Make a gift here: http://newtonschoolsfoundation.org/annual-appeal

Your gift ensures that our students and faculty continue to benefit from these critical programs. Thank you!
–Newton Schools Foundation Board of Directors

Emergency Text Messages

A note from the Newton Public Schools:

The Newton Public Schools has implemented an emergency text messaging system. In the event of an emergency, NPS will alert you via text on your cell phone. Please note that this system will ONLY be used for emergencies, including weather-related school closings or delays. It will not be used to share information about regular school events or operations.

To receive emergency text messages, you MUST opt-in to receive text messages. You can do this by logging into Aspen and selecting “yes” in the drop-down box below your cell phone number in the contact information section.

Opportunity to join the board at the Centre Street Food Pantry

The Centre Street Food Pantry board is looking for an energetic new board member who has strong connections in the business community in Newton. They are a working board and in addition to managing programs, members also help out at pantry-related events and host work days at the pantry. The Board meets monthly on Tuesday evenings. If you are interested in being part of this fun and meaningful non-profit board, please send a resume and letter of introduction to info@centrestfoodpantry.org.

In addition, the Centre Street Food Pantry is seeking candidates for a part-time paid Volunteer Coordinator position (total of 10-12 per week including working at the pantry every Tuesday 4:00 – 8:00 pm). Ideal candidates are enthusiastic, good planners, kind, easy to talk to and have experience in volunteer management or training. To express your interest, please send your resume to m.yacovi@centrestfoodpantry.org.

Save the date: Bring your teen to the Just Think Expo

The Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices Expo is the place to be for parents/guardians and their teens.  The expo is a free, fun gathering of many non-profit organizations that support teens and families in Newton.

Enjoy live music, fitness demos, a prize drawing, free henna tattoos, refreshments, and more while you peruse the exhibits and learn ways to keep your teen safe and healthy. Find FAQs and a short video at NorthPTSO.org. Click here for a flyer: Just Think

Support prevention efforts for Newton teens by saying you are coming and inviting Facebook followers at https://www.facebook.com/events/2176888325663451/

January 8th, 5:00 – 7:30 pm
Newton North High School